Mary Peebles said she isn't worried about the traffic through her home as the preparations are made.

"No, because they're all such professionals," she said. "They do their own thing. I don't have to worry about it. And all I ask is that they leave them up until after New Year's so I can have my Christmas all decorated."

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.

Take the tour

What: 24th annual Christmas Open House in Gloucester, sponsored by Ware River Circle of the King's Daughters to benefit Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and its Ronald McDonald House.

When: Dec. 10, with hourlong visits scheduled for noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Details: Visit Lisburne Farm, the home of David and Mary Peebles located off the Severn River in Gloucester.

Enjoy food and punches homemade by chapter members. The circa-1810 Georgian style plantation manor home with colonial revival details will be decorated top to bottom for the holidays with all natural arrangements. A huge collection of 18th and early 19th century antiques, including a collection of miniature furniture, combines with paintings and family photos everywhere you look to breathe life into the home's history.

Tickets: $25, available at Green Gates Gifts at Gloucester Point, the Silver Box at Gloucester Courthouse, the Yorktown Onion in Yorktown, or call Sue Hewitt at 804-241-2757. Reservations must be made in advance.

More online

To see a photo gallery and video from Lisburne Farm, go to


Apple Pucker Punch

1 bottle of clear apple juice

2 33.8 ounces bottles of ginger ale or 1 very large bottle of ginger ale

1 cup of Apple pucker to give the punch a green color

Float very small lady apples on top. Make an ice ball by taking a round balloon and filling it 2/3 with water, freeze, peel balloon off and place ice ball in center of punch bowl.

Chicken Salad

2 cans Costco Chicken (12.5 ounces in can)

1 cup chopped celery